Syria’s president visits troops in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus

Press TV- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has visited army positions and talked to Syrian forces in Eastern Ghouta suburb of the capital Damascus, Syrian state news agency SANA reports.

President Assad with the heroes of Syrian Arab Army at the frontlines in Eastern Ghouta, SANA reported.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) talks to government forces while visiting their positions in Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus on March 18, 2018. (Photo by SANA)

Photos released by Syria’s official news agency showed President Assad surrounded by a crowd of men in military clothing, some perched on top of tanks.

Syrian troops take selfies as President Bashar al-Assad (C) visits government forces’ positions in Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus on March 18, 2018. (Photo by SANA)

The photographs were taken in a street lined with damaged building fronts with a couple of parked tanks.

Syria and Russia have cornered foreign-backed militants in the countryside as part of their campaign to liberate civilians holed up there and end militant attacks from the suburb on Damascus.

During their advances in the area, Syrian forces have uncovered workshops used to make chemical weapons. The Syrian military has also intercepted several arms and ammunition cargoes heading to Eastern Ghouta.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad talks to government forces while visiting their positions in Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus on March 18, 2018. (Photo by SANA)

Earlier on Sunday, Syrian army gave foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists operating inside Harasta town of the Eastern Ghouta enclave to withdraw till 3 p.m. local time (1300 GMT).

The report came shortly after Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that thousands of civilians, whom extremists were using as human shields to slow down the progress of government forces and their allied fighters from popular defense groups, have managed to leave Eastern Ghouta.